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Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

Paddington Bear has been a part of the nation’s childhoods since 1958. The tale of the lost bear from Darkest Peru has delighted and inspired generations of children, me included, and now my son loves Paddington too. This October is Paddington’s 60th anniversary month, will you be celebrating 60 years of this little lost bear from Darkest Peru?

In 1958 the first Paddington Bear book, A Bear Called Paddington was published. Little could Michael Bond have known then how many people around the world would come to know and love this small bear, with his recognisable bush hat and duffle coat.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Rainbow Designs have unveiled their brand new Paddington Bear Classic range. It features a host of cuddly toys for enthusiasts and fans of Paddington to cuddle and love. One of the most eye-catching in the range is the new Large Cuddly Anniversary Paddington Bear with Scarf. This Paddington Bear plush is snuggled up in a checked scarf complete with “Please look after this Bear” label. This plush is cuddly enough to appeal to young Paddington fans and stylish enough to look the part on a collector’s shelf.

The design of this Anniversary Paddington Bear is inspired by the original artworks by Peggy Fortnum and he does look very true to the original bear. I love his battered felt hat and the label (which you can remove if you want) is a lovely extra touch. The snuggly scarf with the 60th anniversary badge is what will make this bear such a collectible. His coat isn’t removable and the duffle coat toggles are printed on, which I think is a much better option if you’re giving this bear to young children.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

This Anniversary Paddington Bear is suitable from birth and as soft and cuddly as they come. He is 23cm tall and costs around £24.99.

The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear would make a wonderful gift for a Paddington Bear fan of any age. With Christmas coming, who will look after this bear?

The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear from Rainbow Designs is available from a wide range of retailers including John Lewis.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

Disclaimer: We were sent this 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear plush for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Children’s Books: Five Classic Books About Bears

In real life, bears are such ferocious creatures that we are warned to steer well clear of them. But in the world of children’s fiction books, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better friend than a bear. I’ve picked out five classic books about bears, I’ve probably missed some really important ones, but these are my bear necessities of children’s books about bears.

Five Classic Books About Bears

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a classic picture book by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr. It is wonderfully rhythmic and is packed full of Eric Carle’s beautiful and iconic illustrations. It’s a great way to get pre-schoolers talking about animals and colours. Plus you’re guaranteed to get “brown bear, brown bear” stuck in your head.

Children’s Books: Five Classic Books About Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears – there are many versions of this 19th century fairy tale, but it’s the classic tale of Goldilocks, a girl who finds a cabin in the woods belonging to the three bears. She can’t help but creep in and explore – she sits in their chairs, eats some of their porridge, and sleeps in one of their beds. When the bears return and discover her, she jumps up, runs out and is never seen again. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a classic which will never go out of fashion!

Paddington by Michael Bond has recently been made into a hit film, but the book is always worth returning to. This friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru, dressed in a blue duffle coat and wearing a hat stuffed with marmalade sandwiches. Paddington has become a classic character in English children’s literature. These beautifully illustrated, easy reading books make the perfect bedtime story to share with your children.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is undoubtedly a modern classic. The story follows a family on an adventure, through swishy-swashy swathes of grass and across muddy fields. They get a bit wet and a bit cold, and when they finally find a bear, they’re a little bit scared. I always feel a bit sorry for the bear at the end, I think all he wants is a friend. It’s a beautiful story, fantastic to read and the textures of the grass, the mud and the wind are so evocative and great talking points for you and your child.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne is such a classic, no books about bears collection should be without him. This adorable and quietly wise bear is loved by adults and children alike. There are a million different Winnie the Pooh books available; from pop-up books to philosophy books for adults; but you can’t get any better than the original.

These classic books about bears are to my mind, essential reading for children and adults alike. There’s something friendly and cuddly about these bears, some of them are a bit edgy, but on the whole they just want to be your friend. Have I left any classic bears behind?

Children’s Books: Five Classic Books About Bears

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